Landscape Design for Commercial Landscaping

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Landscape Design for Commercial Landscaping

Landscape Design for commercial landscaping is important for the creation of quality open green and accessible places for the community.

What is Commercial Landscaping?

Commercial landscaping is a multi-dimensional landscape service that involves planning, designing, installing, and maintaining attractive outdoor business spaces. A beautiful working environment is known to increase workers’ output, attract more clients to the business, and create a fresh atmosphere for employee health and efficiency. There are many benefits in investing in your commercial landscape because an unattractive or poorly maintained landscape will negatively impact you. On the other hand, a beautiful and well-maintained landscape will positively impact potential clients and increase the value of your property.

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Aerial view of the commercial landscaping at Mill Park Leisure Centre. Design by Land Design Partnership Pty Ltd


Commercial landscapes are a little different from residential landscaping. The whole focus is on professional properties such as office buildings, commercial projects, restaurants, strip malls, and indoor malls in commercial landscaping. Commercial landscaping is very complicated depending on the layout, indoor and outdoor lighting, availability of sunlight, access to parking lots, etc. And these factors are different in different conditions.

What is Landscape Design?

Landscape design is the arranging and modifying features in a landscape, urban area, or garden. It involves the planning, designing, and managing open spaces to create the urban and rural environment. Landscape design is often characterized by aesthetic composition and artisanship, horticultural skills and experience, and concentration on detailed site connection from creative level to final construction.

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Illustration of an idea and implementation of urban landscape design


Landscape design is an independent profession and a design and art tradition practised by landscape designers, combining nature and culture. In contemporary practice, landscape design bridges the space between landscape architecture and garden design. It is done to create a natural scene by planting lawns, trees, and shrubs. Landscape design is both an art and science of establishing a ground in such a way that it gives an effect of a natural landscape.

Landscape Design with a pencil sketch.
Landscape Design with a pencil sketch.

Landscape design is also important for practical, aesthetic, horticultural, and environmental sustainability. It is always divided into hardscape designs (Non-living elements, such as pavers) and softscape designs (The living elements, such as flowers). Professional landscape designer provides a wide variety of design and planning skills that are personalised to the specific needs of their clients.

Landscape design ideas for commercial buildings

The outdoor space of your commercial building is the first thing people see, so it is important to make the first impression good. Commercial buildings have to look perfect with a well maintained outdoor landscape. A well maintained and excellent garden invites most customers and increases your company’s reputation. Studies showed that in 2005, the real estate property’s perceived value increased by 11% when an insufficient investment occurred in landscaping. The retail products and services were deemed up to 25% more valuable when paired with elements of nature. Your business will benefit when you embrace the following commercial landscaping ideas.

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Professional commercial landscaping landscape design adds value to a business. Mill Park Leisure Centre Design by Land Design Partnership Pty Ltd

Focus on the beautiful and welcoming entrance

Welcoming entry space is vital for a commercial building because it invites the clients. Highlighting the doorway and providing special access to your business property create a welcome entrance. Place bright flowers by the entrance to catch the attention of clients. Use decorative features such as exposed aggregate paths from the parking lot to your entrance. At the entrance, include symmetrical planters on both sides of the door.

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Commercial landscape design. The entrance is designed to be inviting. Mill Park Leisure Centre. Design by Land Design Partnership Pty Ltd


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Commercial landscaping Melbourne creating great public spaces. Wide exposed aggregate pathways near the entrance. Mill Park Leisure Centre. Design by Land Design Partnership Pty Ltd

Include Bushes, shrubs, trees and flowers

The green and bright colour of the plants and flowers evokes positive responses, such as relaxation and prosperity. You have to grow shrubs, bushes, trees and flowers if you want to exist, and new customers peel pleasant emotions when they enter your building. You have a flower garden that displays your company name and logo. You can represent your brand’s colour by using flowers. Your flower garden should be separate from your lawn. If you don’t have a lawn, use raised beds for flowers for pleasant aesthetic value. Use shrubs to line the pathways and walkways. Set up the line of shrubs and small trees within the perimeters of your building. This looks beautiful and will reduce the energy bill.

Yoga mat near the urban wetlands. Balwyn Community Centre
Yoga mat near the urban wetlands. Balwyn Community Centre. Design by ACLA Consultants landscape architects.

Add benches, shade and trees

Fresh air is the first choice of everyone. An outdoor seating area in your landscape garden will be an attractive point. Elevate your commercial landscape by adding benches and deck chairs. Also, add shade for additional comfort. Tall trees and large shrubs are a beautiful choice for shade.


Outdoor Furniture on Exposed aggregate concrete.
Outdoor Furniture on Exposed aggregate concrete. Design by ACLA Consultants landscape architects.

Add water feature

By including a water element in your landscape design, you may enhance it. A simple pond or fountain may quickly become the central point of your business landscape, adding low-lying plants and statement rocks around the water feature. This is an easy and efficient way to enhance your commercial landscape design.

Commercial Landscaping Urban Wetland Balwyn
Commercial Landscaping of an Urban Wetland in Balwyn. Design by ACLA Consultants landscape architects


Use plants to create hedges

If you plan fences in your garden, use plants instead of them. The addition of lush and beautiful plant hedges will immediately boost your commercial building and create a more inviting and pleasant space for clients.

Melbourne Landscaper - Syzygium australe screening plants.
Syzygium australe is an Australian native hedging and screening plants.


Add outdoor lighting

Outdoor lights are a lovely and simple way to increase the beauty of any business space. With the addition of outdoor lighting in the commercial landscape, the benefits will be increased. Use string lights to create a romantic ambience, a spotlight to draw attention to your service sign and lamps to create a professional outdoor atmosphere.

water feature with lighting for effect.
Water feature with lighting for effect.


Outdoor Entertaining Area
Outdoor Entertaining Area. Good lighting design benefits both residential and commercial landscaping design.

Use native plants to reduce maintenance

Suppose you are finding the methods of reducing the costs of your commercial landscape. Then one method used for this is to grow native plants. Native plants are a great choice for landscaping because they fit into the natural landscapes. They are well-suited for the climate, and they need less maintenance.

drought tolerant native plants
Drought tolerant native plants. Land Design Partnership Pty Ltd


Use beautiful and decorative walkways and other hardscapes

If you want your guest not to hurt themselves and your garden looks attractive, then install attractive walkways such as exposed aggregate paths, which are very beautiful. Create stone retaining walls to convert a slope into a usable flat yard. Use concrete patios, which are low maintenance and versatile patio option.

Commercial landscaping public walkways in the carpark at Mill Park Leisure Centre. Land Design Partnership Pty Ltd

Top tips for designing commercial landscape garden

A successful business does not always need large financial backing, an efficient working environment and other business processes. Sometimes, small factors make the biggest impact on your business, such as a commercial landscape garden. An excellent and well-maintained garden provides a vibrant and colourful environment, invites most customers, and increases your company’s reputation. Overall the landscaping garden aims to make your business as presentable, professional and welcoming as possible. Here are the top tips with the help of which you can make your beautiful commercial landscape garden.

Portuguese Laurel tree (Prunus lusitanica)
Portuguese Laurel tree (Prunus lusitanica) at Trinity St Kilda

Make wide and clear walkways

The most noticeable parts of the commercial garden will be the walkways because they direct people towards specific parts of the building. Ensure that your paths are broad enough to allow easy travel because nobody likes to travel through close spaces. Major garden routes should be at least 5 feet wide through which two persons can move side by side easily. The width of the secondary walkways (where people travel in a single file) must be at least 1 metre. In addition, these walkways should be clean and clear.

Commercial Landscaping with drought tolerant plants
Commercial Landscaping with drought tolerant plants at Mill Park Leisure Centre.


Make a plan for plants

Give your plants room to grow. If you must have a dense, full landscape right away, plant with the intent to relocate or remove some plants as they mature. You can also plant quick-growing, short-lived plants to temporarily bulk up your planting. Design your commercial landscape with extra bulkiness, short edges, plants that require less maintenance or anything else that allow it to keep the same look over time.


Create a comfort zone through plants

Plants can do more than look good in the garden. Choosing the correct plants and properly arranging them may make your garden much more enjoyable and useful. Evergreen trees with broad leaves help protect your landscape from strong winds. Perennial and decorative grasses may be used to create an immediate privacy screen. Plant a tree or tall shrub border around your garden to cool down on a hot summer day. There is plenty of room in your garden for trees. So many small-footprint decorative trees are now available, which can be used in any garden.

Add colours in your garden through flowers and other plants

Colour is generally the first thing people notice when they see a flower garden. Therefore choosing plants in pleasing colour combinations is important in designing a new garden. Colour choices are a matter of personal taste. The colour theory can help you to combine different colours of blooms, foliage and other elements in such a way that you find pleasing, except for flowers’ extensive colour choices with foliage too. Add the plants with many shades of green, yellow, red, blue-grey, and earth tones. Bark, buds and other plant parts contribute to your palette as well.

Outdoor furniture

Installing outdoor furniture is very important in the commercial landscape garden. So place modern and traditional furniture outdoors for the employee and customers visiting your place and feeling comfortable. Plain wooden benches can create a sense of relaxation.

Use drought tolerant plants

The ideal landscape garden incorporates all elements to enable harmony and facilitate maintenance. A drought-tolerant plant can survive in your garden with less than a normal amount of water. There are many benefits of drought-resistant plants, such as they require minimum water, so you can use your water for other purposes, due to which your water bill will be minimum. These plants are low-maintenance.

Proper irrigation system

A properly installed irrigation system has several advantages for your garden. Installing a proper and professional irrigation system helps create and maintain a great looking garden and saves your money, time, and energy. Manual irrigation has many disadvantages, such as excess water supply, loss of water, and heavy electricity bills.


Add Decorative features

Decoration of the landscape is very important. Use decorative features like fountains, statues and other hardscapes. Choose the sculptures that are appealing but also compliment your buildings. Pathways such as exposed aggregate paths with colourful plants offer a pleasant experience for the clients who walk into your office.

Highlight important points

Using distinctive plants, distinguishing structures, and garden decorations, you may draw attention to the most significant features of your commercial building. Contrasting forms, textures, sizes, and colours will aid to draw attention to a particular location.

Who are landscapers?

The commercial landscape design includes more than just mowing and blowing. It needs qualified and skilled landscape experts who can understand the significance of landscaping for business and should know how to enhance the aesthetic value of your building. Such skilled and experienced people are called landscapers. Landscapers can help you plan and create a low-cost and beautiful workplace. They may perform regular or seasonal maintenance services such as mowing, pruning, trimming, weeding and planting. They can identify what activities to be performed to keep your building neat, clean and fresh.

Large corporations must manage commercial grounds, colleges and universities must maintain campus grounds, cities and towns must maintain and enhance public parks, and zoos and theme parks need landscape design solutions. All of these people are prospective customers for a landscaper.

What does a landscape designer do?

Landscape designers design attractive public spaces such as parks, gardens, playgrounds, residential areas, commercial buildings, and college campuses and increase the aesthetic value of these places. They plan the locations of building roads, walkways, flowers, shrubs and trees within these environments. Landscape designers design these areas so that they are easy to use and harmonious with the natural environment.

A landscape designer will work with their client to meet their vision for their outdoor space. No matter how big or small the project, a landscape designer can turn a bland land space into attractive, beautiful and special. The landscape designer aims to improve natural beauty and promote environmental advantages. They also create rooftop gardens that may be used to retain stormwater, absorb air pollutants and cool the buildings while also providing pleasant scenery.

It might be difficult to find a qualified and skilled landscaper for your property. It is preferable to use a landscaping company that interacts well with you. They should constantly contact you to inform you of what is required for your property and what must be done. Choose a landscaper whose charges are clear and honest and who will provide you with all of the details regarding where your money is going.

The team at Red Landscaping and Civil are very knowledgeable and talented. The red landscape has a lot of experience building commercial gardens and landscapes. They can create a beautiful, low-maintenance landscape for you on a budget. Their landscaping and garden projects will ensure that the building of your project is both low-cost and time-saving while also ensuring the highest quality result.


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References for the landscape Designs

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